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Question: I live in the panhandle of texas, I have a bradford pear tree that i planted a few years ago it grew rapidly for a couple of years . then just stopped growing it grows leaves back each year but doesn't grow any bigger. the leaves are sparse and one side is green and the other has a more yellow color to the leaves. I fertilize it with general tree fertilizer each year.Does it need more iron?

Answer: Sounds as though the root system has grown into some hardpan and can't grow any larger. If the tree is important to you you might be able to rent an auger to loosen the soil beneath the tree and then add some sand or compost into the holes you make. This will be only a temporary fix - you will have to be repeat the process in a few years. Or, you can dig the tree and plant it in a different spot in your landscape. Wish I had more ideas to share with you!

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